An extremely online city planner makes the case against an institution wrongly assumed to be necessary
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Does Mike Davis' grim but celebrated assessment of power, violence, and globalization in Los Angeles hold up three decades later?
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The temptations of a sinking, brown-aired, mismanaged, inescapably stimulating metropolis
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Why doesn't North America have a London or Paris? An architect-critic explains
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The late Slouching Towards Bethlehem author reports from less a "wicked pastel boomtown" than a bitter and paranoid tropical fever dream
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My latest piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books is on Tokyo Junkie: 60 Years of Bright Lights and Back Alleys… and Baseball, a memoir by American…
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London is a world city. Los Angeles, where I used to live, is less a world city than, as I once saw a banner at the airport call it, a "city that's a…
I moved from Los Angeles to Seoul a bit over six years ago, and it wouldn't be much of an exaggeration to say I did so because Seoul has the better…
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